ReThink Disposable

Clean Water is taking-on single use products: from shopping bags, to food and beverage packaging, to plastic water bottles, our goal is to minimize the use of single use products. Click on one of the links to the left, or below, to find out more. 


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Take the Pledge to Reduce Single-Use!

There are so many things you can do to reduce your disposables footprint. These are our Top 10 actions for how to ReThink Disposable. Make a pledge below to continue doing the ones you already do, and choose the new actions you are willing to commit to.

Overflowing Garbage Can

Support Berkeley's groundbreaking waste reduction ordinance

Right now, streets, waterways, and coastlines across the San Francisco Bay Area are littered with plastic. Food containers, cups, cutlery, straws, bottle caps, wrappers, and other take-out food packaging have become all too common sights. Packaging waste and plastics designed for single use application and discarded after mere minutes are growing as a significant portion of the waste stream and recycling can’t keep up. According to the EPA, in 2014 over 33 million tons of plastic waste was generated, and only 9.5% was recycled. This plastic waste epidemic is a problem for not only creating blight in our communities from all the litter, but for our streams and oceans too -- 80% of plastics and trash that are in the ocean right now started as trash on the street or in a landfill. If we don’t stop this unnecessary consumption and disposal of single use plastics, there will be more plastic (by weight) in the ocean than fish by 2050.

From We All Live Downstream

Let's Break Free from Plastic
June 22, 2019

When the summer weather’s nice, and even when it’s not, clean water means fun for everyone.

Let’s keep it that way.

Donate now to join Clean Water Action and fight the rising tide of single-use disposable plastic trash that threatens our water and our health.

Community advocates, including ReThink Disposable team members, celebrate the passage of the Berkeley ordinance
January 30, 2019

Last week, Berkeley’s City Council unanimously passed a resolution that will drastically reduce the amount of disposable food ware from the city's restaurants. Berkeley’s new Disposable Free Dining ordinance is a game-changing step forward in the global movement to stop plastic pollution from endangering waterways, wildlife, and communities. 

ReThink Disposable team at the Alameda litter tracking and sorting event
December 11, 2018

On October 8th, Alameda City employees Kerry Parker and Marc Bautista joined ReThink Disposable program staff and members of Clean Water Action's field canvass team to pick through litter collected by the city’s streetsweeper from the two main busy commercial downtown districts on the island.